IFAC, the International Federation of Accountants, is pleased to recognize Mr. Aki Fujinuma of Japan with its Global Leadership Award for his service to the accountancy profession.
Among his many achievements, Mr. Fujinuma helped build public confidence in the accountancy profession over the past two decades. His actions, which included launching a quality-control initiative in Japan and other countries to ensure confidence in audit, significantly contributed to that effort in the region and around the world.
Mr. Fujinuma is a well-known leader both within and outside of the profession, having been recognized by the government of Japan for his leadership and contributions to the accountancy profession and Japanese society. He is a past president of IFAC (2000-2002) and played a significant role promoting IFRS adoption in the Asia-Oceania region as a former vice chair of the IFRS Foundation.
Mr. Fujinuma’s accomplishments also include serving as an IFRS Foundation trustee, a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Foundation of Japan and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and as chairman and president of the Japanese Institute of CPAs, which awarded him its Grand Prize of the Day of CPAs. He has served as an outside director of many large corporations, including the Japan Exchange Group, and as one of the Governors of Japan Exchange Regulation.
“I am honored to present the Global Leadership Award to Aki, for whom I have the deepest respect,” said Dr. In-Ki Joo, IFAC President. “At a critical time, Aki built bridges between the profession and key stakeholder groups—and he continues to do so. Aki’s efforts have resonated at difficult moments and he continues to be a powerful advocate for the accounting profession on the global stage.”
Established in 2017 by the IFAC Board, the IFAC Global Leadership Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to the global accountancy profession. The award honors the contributions of Robert Sempier, IFAC’s first executive director who greatly contributed to the development of the profession worldwide.
The Global Leadership Award was presented during IFAC’s 2019 Council meeting, held from November 13 to 14 in Vancouver, Canada.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.